Important Dates in Bills History: May 16, 2013. Doug Whaley named general manager

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Important Dates in Bills History, presented by M&T Bank, helps fans recognize what's important. In the NFL, having an experienced general manager is important and on May 16, 2013 the Bills promoted Doug Whaley from assistant general manager to his current role.

When he came to the Bills in 2010, Whaley brought with him a host of National Football League expertise. Prior to taking a position in Buffalo, Whaley spent 11 years as the Pro Scouting Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers. During his stint in Pittsburgh, the Steelers reached the postseason seven times, including two Super Bowl victories.

Throughout the course of his tenure with the Bills, Whaley has been responsible for overseeing Buffalo's draft efforts. Drafting playmakers in both 2014 and 2015 such as, wide receiver Sammy Watkins, linebacker Preston Brown, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, cornerback Ronald Darby, and running back Karlos Williams, has made a significant impact on the organization.

In addition to his success in the draft, Whaley's efforts in both free agency and the trade market have boosted Buffalo's roster. Pickups such as quarterback Tyrod Taylor, guard Richie Incognito and running back LeSean McCoy helped elevate the Bills offense, and paved the way for Buffalo to claim the No.1 ranked rushing attack in 2015.

Most recently, during the 2016 NFL Draft, Whaley demonstrated again that he has an eye for talent. With support from the personnel department, including Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos, Whaley put together a strong draft class. The Bills focused on defense with their first three picks as Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson was taken in the first round, Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland in the second round and defensive tackle Adolphus Washington in the third round. 

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